Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Project "Sleep Thru the Night"

The time has finally come to get Ava to sleep thru the night. I am so exhausted that I knew we couldn't go on like this anymore. The other night she woke up 4 times! We had our 3 month post adoption interview on Sunday and the social worker encouraged me to start right away.

So, Sunday night we put her to bed and she woke up at 9:30 and 11:30, but I didn't go in to her room. After lots of crying, she was able to put herself back to sleep. Those minutes seemed like hours to me as I lay and listened to her pathetic little cry. I kept wondering what was going thru her mind. I think it makes it even harder since she is adopted because I have worked so hard to establish that bond with her and I didn't want her to think I had abandoned her and left her to cry all night. She woke again at 2:30 and I gave her a bottle.....I could tell her cry that time was because she was hungry. She drank her bottle and slept until morning.

Monday night we put her to bed and she didn't wake or cry until 4:00! Although, I woke several time during the night.......she had me in the habit of waking up and I have to get myself back in a sleeping routine too!

Now we know she is able to sleep 9 hours straight! I hope the next few nights are as successful as Monday night was.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ava is 10 Months Old

Ava is 10 months old today. She is sitting up all by herself and has 2 bottom teeth. She is growing like crazy........28 1/2 inches long and 22 1/2 lbs!!!!!! So, in the 10 weeks she has been home she has gained 4 pounds.

The photo above shows her in her "bumbo" (the greatest invention for babies) watching her favorite show. I just love to watch her while she watches it.......she is mesmerized by it.

If we could just get her to sleep thru the night, things would be perfect!